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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Jonas Jonasson

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Title:The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Info:Hyperion (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:Fiction, world history, humor, Sweden

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (2009)

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Jonas Jonasson has created a fan for life. That sounds super dramatic and I suppose it is but it's true nonetheless. Irreverent humor abounds in this story about a centenarian who has truly grabbed life by the horns or in his case by the neck of the vodka bottle. Allan Karlsson, the Swede, traveled the world and made his mark in the political sphere despite having no interest in the topic whatsoever. Along the way, he managed to meet a variety of people which unless the reader has lived under a rock will be immediately recognized (and lampooned). The story begins with his escape through a window on his 100th birthday (yes, the title is literal) and follows Allan on a fantastic journey in which he makes new friends while simultaneously giving the reader a glimpse into his extraordinary past. Jonasson seamlessly works in the past with the present and I, for one, never found it jarring. A blending of true historical events with a humorously outlandish twist, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, is a must-read. (PS I just found out it was the most sold book in Sweden for 2010. Hooray!) ( )
  AliceaP | May 7, 2015 |
Think "The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden" just with different characters. ( )
  shushokan | May 5, 2015 |
The book tells the story of Allan Karlsson, an old man that its almost 100 years old. At his birthday he decides to jump out the window and search for some adventures. During the book we know this man's life and how he has been a key in almost every important historic event in the XXth century (Atomic Bomb, IIWW, Spanish Civil War...). Finally he meets more people and they live adventures together.
  gsacido | Mar 24, 2015 |
I was told this was very funny and I did at times laugh out loud but it also has the feel, at times, of fantasy which is not a genre I have much patience with. This 200-year-old man comes into possession of a trunkful of money and then is chased. While telling this goofy story we in some chapters are told guy's past life and it is full of funny albeit stupid impossibilities where he meets Harry Truman at Los Alamos (though we all know Harry knew nothing of the atomic bomb till he became President), meets Stalin, Mao, Churchill, and saves Franco from being blown up. One is reminded of stories made up by one's older siblings which go on and on, and don't have to make much sense to enthrall. Occasionally there is a glimmer of sage comment on world affairs but usually it is not very striking. At times I thought it so stupid I thought I would end up giving it one star but there is some interest generating adventure so I am being generous.. ( )
  Schmerguls | Mar 23, 2015 |
Though entertainingly witty, it's not all light and benevolent humor as the cover of the book would lead you to believe. It's very humorous, yes, throughout, but with the undercurrent of all sorts of misdeeds. (That's the thing - transgressions are turned into humor a bit too readily).

From the first page, one expects benign antics of a centegenarian, but things turn out not so benign after all, even though everything evens out at the end. Through the flashbacks into the not-so-plausible life of the protagonist, the author, however, manages to make a lot of excellent points about the most well-known (or notorious!) world leaders and about politics in general (here the former journalist in him comes through) - all told under the veil of light humor, no matter how grim some actions may be.

A slight disappointment in the way the story is told from the side of the police pursuing the run-away - no suspense there, as we already know what is happening with him from his own perspective. But great pearls of wisdom here and there - as, for instance, what kept the old man going through life was what his mother had told him in childhood (one of the oldest surviving morals there is...) - that "things are what they are, and whatever will be will be" ... Simple and powerful. And here's one about racism: as a young Swede, the protagonist was extremely curious to see what black people were all about, but "it turned out that there was no difference other than the color of their skin, except of course that they spoke weird languages, but the whites did that too, from southern Sweden onwards." I think this book might make a good movie. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Feb 6, 2015 |
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Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny, the novel quickly develops into a romp that takes in all the major events of the 20th century. . . the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.
added by mysterymax | editThe Guardian, Jane Housham (Jul 24, 2012)
Stalin synger svenske drikkeviser, og Truman blir dritings .Forrest Gump som hundreåring i ny bok.
ANMELDELSE: Han redder general Franco, riktignok etter først å ha plassert en bombe for å drepe ham. Han avverger et attentat mot Churchill, og gir Oppenheimer den endelige løsningen på formelen for atombomben.

Det rene soap altså. Samtidig er det — på sin høyst skakke og fantasifulle måte — en fantastisk reise gjennom forrige århundre.

Jonas Jonassen er intelligent, vittig og systemkritisk, der han harver over alt fra fjollete politifolk, rasehygienikere og despoters ideologiske paranoia. I en bok som gir håp om at alle har en fremtid, også hundreåringer.
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jan 18, 2011)

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"Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."
Ingen kunde trollbinda sin publik bättre än morfar där han satt på ljugarbänken, lätt framåtlutad över sin käpp och med munnen full av snus.
– Nej men... är det sant, morfar? sa vi häpna barnbarn.
– Di söm bara säjer dä söm ä sanning, ä inte vär' å höra på, svarade morfar.
Den här boken är till honom.
An extra thank you to Micke, Liza, Rixon, Maud and Uncle Hans.
- Jonas
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Monday, 2nd May 2005

You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to tell the others of his decision. But Allan Karlsson had never been given to pondering things too long.
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- Mon fils, méfie-toi des prêtres, et des gens qui ne boivent pas d'alcool. Les pires de tous sont les prêtres qui ne boivent pas d'alcool.
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Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.… (more)

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